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History of Easter
History of Easter:
- What exactly happened on the first Easter?
Very simply put, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his
crucifixion by the Romans.
- When did this happen? This has been a topic
of great debate. It's traditionally held that Jesus was
33-years-old when he died, and that the year was 33 A.D. However,
various theories have been laid down anywhere from 26 A.D. to 36 A.D.
- You don't hear much about Maundy Thursday, but
this is the day that celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus (it was on a
- The next day, now known as Good Friday, is when
Jesus was crucified.
- We're told what happened to Jesus on that fateful
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I'd like to know if anything
significant happened on Saturday. If anyone can help, please CONTACT ME.
- What happened to Jesus after his
resurrection? I have been curious about this point, myself.
You never hear much about it. Allegedly, 40 days after the
resurrection of Christ, he ascended to Heaven to take his place beside
God. Jesus told his disciples that when he comes back to Earth
(i.e. the second coming) it will take place much in the same manner as
- For the 40-day period from Jesus' resurrection to
his ascension, he made a series of appearances to his disciples.
This period is a bit more vague to us than any other.
- Easter and its related holidays are labeled
"moveable feasts". This means that the date of Easter is not set
by any civil calendar. Rather, it is determined by a lunisolar
calendar (similar to the Hebrew calendar).
- The First Council of Nicaea, in 325 A.D.,
established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon
(Paschal Full Moon) following the Northern Hemisphere's vernal
equinox. Sound tricky? It is. All one really needs to
know is that by this logic, Easter will always fall on a day somewhere
from March 22 to April 25.
- Like everything with religion, the precise date
for Easter has been a matter of contention among authorities in
- The Easter Bunny was not originally a symbol of
Easter. It was brought to America from Germany in the 1700s and
soon became a fixture of Easter that has taken hold of the entire
Christian world. See The